Rebecca Copcutt to boost Paul Hastings' London white collar team
Rebecca Copcutt along with her three associates move from White & Crime to meet an expected surge in White Collar litigations
Global law firm Paul Hastings has hired services of four lawyers to boost its White Collar group at its London office.
Rebecca Copcutt who served as a counsel at White & Crime has joined as a Partner along with three of her associates Tom Hickey, Fred Kelly and Adina Ezekiel. Their departure from Paul Hastings from its US rival White & Case is seen as a big catch for Paul Hastings which has started making advance preparations to meet an expected deluge of White Collar litigations in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Paul Hastings had added the services of two investigations partners Jonathan Pickworth and Joanna Dimmock in January this year.
Paul Hastings has said that the hires reflect its desire to keep up with the increasingly complex investigations and compliance environment. It hopes that adding top legal talent would keep it in good stead and mitigate risks that arise in a company's pursuit of growth.
"With her expertise in cross-border criminal enforcement actions and investigations, Rebecca is a valuable addition to our market-leading investigations and white collar defence practice," Seth Zachary, chairman of Paul Hastings, said.
Rebecca was associated with White & Case for six years. Previously she worked at Mishcon de Reya and Allen & Overy before joining White & Case in 2015.
"I am excited about the opportunity to reunite with Jonathan and Joanna, as well as to collaborate with my new colleagues in the global investigations and white collar defence practice," Rebecca said while adding that Paul Hastings' strong upward trajectory and growth story made the firm very attractive to her.
During her time at White & Case, Rebecca advised a number of clients on criminal and regulatory enforcement action with a cross-Atlantic dimension, including cases led by the Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Her practice focuses on cross-border cases involving alleged market misconduct, criminal cartel behaviour, money laundering, bribery and corruption.